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ARTH 160 — Iconic Artworks of Antiquity

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 11—Nov 15
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 24
Unit: 1
Tuition: $355
Instructor(s): Diane Zuliani
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Oct 11—Nov 15
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 24
1 Unit
Diane Zuliani
The geography and timeline of the ancient world are expansive and unwieldy, yet large swaths of ancient history are graspable through iconic architecture, sculpture, and painting. The great accomplishments of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome are lucidly present in artworks made and revered by those civilizations. This course looks at how artworks shaped those civilizations by, for example, conferring indisputable power upon Mesopotamian kings, persuading theocratic Egyptians of divine absolutes, and explicating various forms of social order to the citizenries of Greece and Rome.

On each evening of our chronological journey, a handful of treasured artworks will be brought to life as incarnations of the social, cultural, political, and aesthetic values of the civilization that created them. Canonical objects we will discuss include the Law Code Stele of Hammurabi, from Mesopotamia; the Rosetta Stone and Great Pyramids of Egypt; figural sculpture such as the Doryphoros of ancient Greece as well as the Parthenon and other temples of the Athenian Acropolis; and portrait sculpture and the monumental public works like the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine created by the ancient Romans.

This is the first course of the four-course series, “Iconic Artworks.” This series includes courses on “Ancient Art” (Fall 2018), “Medieval Art ” (Spring 2019), “Renaissance Art ” (Fall 2019), and “Modern Art ” (Spring 2020). While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

Diane Zuliani, Art History Instructor, Chabot College

Diane Zuliani has taught the history of art and photography at Chabot College since 2000. Earlier, she was an educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where for seven years she lectured on Getty’s regularly changing exhibits of its preeminent photography collection. She received an MA in the history of art from the University of New Mexico.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.